Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $90.6M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie' Battle for Second with $17.3M and $16.3M RespectivelyDecember 21, 2014 08:45 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led the weekend box office with an estimated $56.22 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $90.63 million through its first five days of release. On the heels of a sharper than expected percentage decline on Thursday, the film rebounded nicely over the weekend and registered a five-day to three day ratio of 1.61 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 11 percent below the $102.05 million five-day start of 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (which also opened on a Wednesday) and 5 percent ahead of the $86.14 million five-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).

The Battle of the Five Armies grossed $16.58 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.43 million and is estimated to decline 15 percent on Sunday to gross $18.22 million. That places the film's estimated weekend to Friday ratio at 3.39 to 1, which is obviously inflated by the film opening on a Wednesday. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

IMAX grosses were responsible for $7.70 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.62 million from 360 IMAX locations. That represents 15 percent of the film's overall domestic gross. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (60 percent).

It what turned out to be a closer than expected race for second, Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was able to outpace Sony's Annie with an estimated opening weekend take of $17.3 million. The two films clearly split up the family audience this weekend and may remain close to one another throughout the rest of the holiday season. While it was able to claim second, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened significantly below pre-release expectations. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise had already been expected to see a significant drop-off from the performance of its predecessor, 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (which debuted with $54.17 million in its first three days). Secret of the Tomb debuted 26 percent below the $23.24 million start of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened with $5.63 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.50 million and is estimated to decrease 20 percent on Sunday to gross $5.18 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.08 to 1. Family films tend to hold up very well throughout the holiday season and that will likely be the case for Secret of the Tomb. The film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie debuted in third with an estimated $16.3 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is good news for Sony, especially after the events of the past week that led to the cancellation of the studio's release of The Interview. Annie trailed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb by just $1.0 million this weekend. Annie opened 30 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.3 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.1 million and is estimated to fall 20 percent on Sunday to gross $4.9 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.08 to 1. Like Secret of the Tomb, Annie is likely to hold up nicely throughout the holiday season, though between the two films, it will face more direct competition from Disney's Into the Woods starting on Christmas Day. Annie received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over much better with audiences than it has with critics.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings landed in fourth with an estimated $8.07 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 67 percent from last weekend's debut. Poor reviews, mixed word of mouth and direct competition from The Battle of the Five Armies are all clearly taking a toll on the film. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed a soft $38.90 million in ten days. That places the film 7 percent behind the $41.87 million ten-day take of Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 followed closely behind in fifth with an estimated $7.75 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 39 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.23 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.77 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

In its first weekend of wide release Fox Searchlight's Wild took in an estimated $4.15 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,911 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.21 million in 19 days of release.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 30 - Sun, Aug. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$27,485,245-36%3,545-247$7,753$193,313,7413Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$23,527,839--2,911--$8,082$23,527,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$19,471,355-46%3,6120$5,391$71,033,7112Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$15,524,230-34%3,6022$4,310$190,330,4254Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$12,381,585--2,718--$4,555$12,381,5851Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$12,279,363--3,705--$3,314$12,279,3631Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$5,122,907-43%2,105-661$2,434$389,761,4917Disney
8Grown Ups$4,548,144-39%2,269-590$2,004$150,761,3856Sony / Columbia
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$4,465,524-54%2,524-980$1,769$52,026,5283Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,014,953-44%2,334-787$1,720$288,199,9075Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$3,710,990-52%2,7190$1,365$16,375,6812Fox
12The Last Airbender$1,815,170-57%1,238-889$1,466$127,293,4475Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$3,525,58536%847646$4,162$9,636,5084Focus
2Predators$1,093,290-65%873-973$1,252$49,491,2494Fox
3Knight and Day$700,791-59%831-434$843$74,185,6436Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$595,026-46%461-319$1,291$172,932,0648Sony / Columbia
5Shrek Forever After$574,024154%330128$1,739$235,646,95211Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$542,670-4%17418$3,119$3,770,7544Music Box
7Winter's Bone$308,597-4%1399$2,220$4,017,1628Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$301,277-31%286-44$1,053$311,417,00713Paramount
9The A-Team$262,351-9%282-14$930$76,164,0928Fox
10Cyrus$220,341-69%216-238$1,020$6,904,9977Fox Searchlight
11I Am Love$207,214-38%125-41$1,658$3,603,8117Magnolia
12Marmaduke$160,245-35%230-24$697$32,915,8819Fox
13Killers (2010)$153,436-22%219-14$701$46,653,5399Lionsgate
14Get Him to the Greek$137,185-19%155-66$885$60,758,8659Universal
15Letters to Juliet$113,952-38%173-61$659$52,751,74112Summit
16Robin Hood$86,250-21%115-56$750$105,219,73512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$292,711-7%530$5,523$12,143,33420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Countdown to Zero$114,296177%2724$4,233$167,7122Magnolia
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$94,539-8%748$1,278$1,249,9588Sony Pictures Classics
4Khatta Meetha$88,763-71%830$1,069$490,2552Eros
5Get Low$88,182--4--$22,046$88,1821Sony Pictures Classics
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$84,794-23%90-38$942$89,726,59010Disney
771: Into the Fire$77,161--20--$3,858$77,1611JS Media
8Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$77,004-38%83-16$928$2,674,3058IFC
9Under the Sea 3D$76,765-6%130$5,905$23,311,24977Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Restrepo$75,2303%368$2,090$651,0596National Geographic
11Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$70,61180%1711$4,154$132,2592NeoClassics
12Agora$61,73916%174$3,632$359,41010Newmarket
13Date Night$60,265-28%76-32$793$98,537,86217Fox
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$56,891-20%57-9$998$9,735,09920Music Box
15Solitary Man$56,534-42%63-42$897$4,133,99111Anchor Bay
16The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$39,912-37%4126$973$6,207,19116Sony Pictures Classics
17Grease Sing-a-Long$36,90013%3316$1,118$296,6304Paramount
18Jonah Hex$36,215-72%83-93$436$10,491,5347Warner Bros.
19Life During Wartime$30,6841%65$5,114$73,8862IFC
20Sex and the City 2$28,136-50%42-27$670$95,136,74010Warner Bros. / New Line
21Please Give$22,723-21%35-5$649$3,889,94214Sony Pictures Classics
22The Concert$21,742--2--$10,871$21,7422Weinstein Company
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,761-25%140$1,412$3,074,42916Producers Distribution Agency
24Mademoiselle Chambon$19,732-10%6-1$3,289$239,67610Lorber
25The Extra Man$18,861--2--$9,431$18,8611Magnolia
26Micmacs$18,636-7%29-5$643$1,092,43010Sony Classics
27Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,226-1%10$17,226$59,9222Arthouse Films
28Splice$15,830-25%14-25$1,131$17,007,9009Warner Bros
29Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,038-12%14-1$931$292,3796Sony Pictures Classics
30Avatar$13,028-23%2-1$6,514$749,748,30333Fox
31Winnebago Man$11,18257%94$1,242$69,5094Kino International
32The Killer Inside Me$8,64116%100$864$194,7497IFC Films
33Kisses$8,270-19%83$1,034$47,1563Oscilloscope
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,820-53%6-5$1,303$250,72610Rialto
35The City of Your Final Destination$7,73513%134$595$482,73116Screen Media Films
36Ondine$7,468-48%13-7$574$495,89622Magnolia
37Orlando (2010 re-issue)$7,413-32%31$2,471$26,9452Sony Pictures Classics
38The Dry Land$7,351--5--$1,470$7,3511Freestyle
39City Island$7,305-75%15-25$487$6,645,90820Anchor Bay
40Just Wright$5,942-56%13-14$457$21,520,71912Fox Searchlight
41Mother and Child$5,134-63%10-14$513$1,071,73913Sony Pictures Classics
42Valhalla Rising$4,901-3%20$2,451$27,6933IFC
43To the Sea$4,841125%21$2,421$21,9263Film Movement
44Best Worst Movie$4,65046%1-1$4,650$87,21815Area23a
45The Nature of Existence$4,334-3%21$2,167$27,9267Walking Shadows
46Spoken Word$4,27382%43$1,068$7,3592Variance
47Let It Rain$4,237-35%63$706$97,4707IFC
48Diary of a Wimpy Kid$3,571-64%8-17$446$63,960,04520Fox
49U2 3D$3,556-38%2-1$1,778$10,349,561132National Geographic
50La Mission$3,143-37%60$524$1,060,09617Screen Media
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,98535%30$995$23,267,050148National Geographic
52[REC] 2$2,925253%52$585$24,8054Magnolia
53Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,924-69%2-2$1,462$62,6969Indican Pictures
54Kings of the Evening$2,688-61%3-1$896$92,63425Indican Pictures
55Around a Small Mountain$2,613421%21$1,307$18,7454Cinema Guild
56Smash His Camera$2,367--1--$2,367$2,3671Magnolia
57Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,347-46%2-3$1,174$632,10320Zeitgeist
58Enemies of the People$2,277--1--$2,277$2,2771International Film Circuit
59The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,042--1--$2,042$87,85517International Film Circuit
60Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$2,00828%21$1,004$12,1203Flicker Alley
61Udaan$1,966--3--$655$7,4613UTV Communications
62Great Directors$1,849--4--$462$17,9215Paladin
63I Hate Luv Storys$1,832--5--$366$847,9935UTV
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,8291%21$915$43,5186Kino International
65Stonewall Uprising$1,67238%2-1$836$110,3137First Run Features
66Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,248--1--$1,248$311,79313Kino International
67Princess Kaiulani$654-55%20$327$859,42612Roadside Attractions
68Mugabe and the White African$370-81%10$370$3,4472First Run
69Everyone Else$217-92%1-2$217$84,88759Cinema Guild
70The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$166-49%10$166$453,82627First Run Features